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The Phoenix Soul: 
(issue 63)

Passionate purpose is not about running yourself ragged. not about proving your worth through busyness (oh, love, you are more than worthy as you are!).

Passionate purpose is Not about launching a new career or moving cross-country or even making Any big, bold, dramatic changes at all--unless that's where you are called!

Passionate purpose is all about (re)finding your soul-spark. Fanning her flames until she burns bright and true. Walking (running, stumbling, dancing-anyway) your unique path, and

Passionate Purpose is about answering the fiery call of our wild phoenix souls, believing that when we live our most holy-howl-YES lives, we heal ourselves and we heal the world.

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Living in the margins for me is a daily dance and navigation between all the intersections we embody as we move through a world that often views us as sub-human, less than, 3/5ths of a person due to race, gender, sexual orientation, ability . . . what has helped me as I move through this world is being unapologetically as much of myself as is safe for me to be . . .
— A'Driane Nieves, Soul Rise Stories interview, TPS: Passionate Purpose


in every issue:

  • 60 full-color digital pages (PDF)

  • vibrant art, intimate interviews (including "Soul Rise Stories"), revealing essays, gaspworthy poetry, soul-stirring prompts

  • handcrafted mixed media backgrounds, handwritten love notes

  • interactive features honoring our #thephoenixsoul gathering

  • Amanda Fall: editor, publisher, creator, gatherer of good

May you feel seen. Heard. Loved. Just as you are.

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1. Amanda Fall, A'Driane Nieves, Veronica Funk, Shawnta Shicole Barnes. 2. Sherry Kay Anderson, Maureen Helms Blake, De Jackson, suzanne l. vinson. 3. Nolwenn Petitbois, Melissa Fernandez, Kyeli Smith, VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia.

1. Amanda Fall, A'Driane Nieves, Veronica Funk, Shawnta Shicole Barnes. 2. Sherry Kay Anderson, Maureen Helms Blake, De Jackson, suzanne l. vinson. 3. Nolwenn Petitbois, Melissa Fernandez, Kyeli Smith, VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia.

guests in this issue:

  • A'Driane Nieves (addyeB, Addie Addye), Soul Rise Stories interview

  • Nolwenn Petitbois, Shawnta Shicole Barnes, Veronica Funk: Grit & Grace participants and guest contributors

  • staff contributors: Maureen Helms Blake (Bitter & Beautiful column), De Jackson, suzanne l. vinson, Nolwenn Petitbois, Melissa Fernandez, Kyeli Smith (Embody your BRave column), VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia

  • additional guest: Sherry Kay Anderson

I was lit up with passionate purpose when #MeToo gained lots of traction and prominence. I wrote an article, “#MeToo – When Students Sexually Harass Teachers,” and it touched a lot of educators. There were many comments on the article and on social media. People reached out to me privately and my article was talked about on a podcast. Although I was nervous about writing the article, I’m glad I did because now people know they are not alone and they are taking action.
— Shawnta Shicole Barnes, Grit & Grace interview, TPS: Passionate Purpose
On painting 100 portraits in 100 days (“Nasty Women”):

”Every day I felt a little nauseous, to be honest, but it ended up being the most rewarding thing I have ever done as a painter.” [...] “I have learned that, as a woman, I need to set boundaries (why has that taken over 50 years?) and that doesn’t have to be what might be considered ‘the norm’ but rather what is comfortable for me.”
— Veronica Funk, "The 100 Day Project: Nasty Women," TPS: Passionate Purpose


Whether your passion* is seemingly small and simple, or big and bold, it’s yours–your own soul-calling. That’s what matters. Trusting that our deep desires align with what the world needs is a potent tool for creating ripples of good. We all have a part in lighting up this weary and sometimes dark place. Pursuing our passionate purpose–what we are born to do–is a balm for our beautiful, bruised world.

This is where change begins. Where healing transforms, from inner revelation to outer revolution. We are on this planet for a reason: to love (with grit and truth), to live true to our souls, to tear down oppressive systems, to throw away worn-out self-doubt and embrace instead our collective worth. This is why we’re here.

Step into the circle, where we celebrate both our individuality and our oneness as a soul-family. Let's find our unique paths & LIGHT THEM UP!

* don't know your passion(s)? Don't worry, phoenix, we got you! Join us for soul-stirring prompts that guide you in gentle but fierce exploration of YOUR personal pathways.

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Does the sky call you?
Do the birds hum your song?
Let the wild
find you, get
under your skin, begin
to stir you,
whir you
toward something
more ...
— De Jackson, "Pull," TPS: Passionate Purpose
... as sensitive souls who already struggle in a mad world, it’s all too easy to find ourselves here, on the ground, desperate to have purpose, unable to do more than lie under the shadow of our crushed and crushing dreams. Take heart, darling. Take heart ...
— Kyeli Smith, EmBody Your Brave column, TPS: Passionate Purpose

Answer the fiery call of your wild phoenix soul with us:

It’s another what-does-my-life-mean kind of morning. My existential crisis before coffee. When that meets PMS and midlife passage, oh dear. Bless my heart. I just cannot decide what to do or where to go. So I meet the morning with my coffee in hand ...
— suzanne l. vinson, "The Heart of Being," TPS: Passionate Purpose